Lauren Jimeson

After working in television, public relations and education Lauren Jimeson finally found her niche being able to work from home as a freelance writer and a social media consultant. Lauren lives in New York City with her husband, two little girls, and her baby boy. She chronicles her life as a city mom with a suburban mentality on her personal blog, A Mommy in the City. Read even more from Lauren at Babble.com, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

Thanksgiving "Casserole" Baby Food Recipe

We are so excited to celebrate Macks’ first Thanksgiving next week. I’m even more excited that he can join in on eating at the table with us. Since Macks started solids at six months, I’ve had so much fun making his baby food and trying out different combinations of flavors.

Every Saturday morning, I get all of the fruits and vegetables prepared to make Macks’ baby food for the week. It’s a time for me that I can relax on my own. It’s really easy and really fun.

With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to create something for Macks that he could enjoy with us. I know he’d love all of the food that we have at the table, but he’s not quite old enough to enjoy it all. As I thought about the dishes I was preparing, I knew I was going to make countless casseroles for our menu, and I wanted to do the same for Macks. Using some of the food items we will enjoy on Thursday, I blended them together for Macks’ very own Thanksgiving “casserole.”

If you’ve got a little one celebrating their first Thanksgiving, make this for them to enjoy along side with you at the table.

A Fun DIY Thanksgiving Placemat for Your Little One!

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving nearly a week away. While I am carefully planning our Thanksgiving menu, I’m letting my little one’s get in on the Thanksgiving fun with some decor for their kids’ table. My girls love to paint and I am planning a fun and interactive kids table for them on Thanksgiving Day (I’ll share more next week) so I wanted them to help me personalize their table with some fun placemats.

These were not only fun for them to make (and get their hands dirty) but they will also double as a coloring mat for them during Thanksgiving dinner. 

My Little Explorer

Macks started crawling last month, and while I thought that this would change things for him, I didn’t know how much it would. Crawling has opened up an entirely new world for Macks. My little boy who only wanted to be held by me the entire time is now off completely carefree, while he searches and inspects every single thing that is around him. 

Why Leaving Your Baby Can Be a Good Thing

Last weekend was a first for both Macks and me. I left him overnight for the very first time. I was actually very excited for the trip, because it was a much needed girl’s weekend that I haven’t had in a very long time. While I was sad to leave my kids, I was more excited to have time to myself.

To be honest, I haven’t really had any time for myself in years. When I did travel alone, it was always for work, which isn’t exactly the long relaxing alone time that you dream of. It was becoming more and more apparent to me just how hard raising three little ones can be. As much as I love being their mother, I was becoming so focused on that, that I forgot to focus on me. 

Winnie the Pooh First Birthday Party Ideas

Macks is nine months next week, which means that he’s only three months away from his first birthday. I’m slowly starting to plan for his first birthday party. I love planning birthday parties for my children, because it’s a chance for me to get out some of my creative energy and plan something that they will always remember.

A first birthday party is something that is so special for both you and your little one. It’s a celebration that you and baby made it through the first year together.

Winnie the Pooh has always been a favorite of mine. I was read Winnie the Pooh books as a child, and now I read them to my children. If your little one loves Winnie the Pooh as much as we do, throw a first birthday party in the Hundred Acre Wood! There are so many great (and easy) DIY ideas that can make your little one’s first birthday unique!

We’ve got all that you need to throw a fun first birthday party for your little one’s special day. With these ideas and some yellow tableware, you will have Pooh-rific party! 

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